201705.23
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Autodesk Audits: The Importance of Serial Numbers

In many software audits, the auditing entity like the Business Software Alliance or the Software & Information Industry Association requires a dated proof of purchase to demonstrate when a license for a software product was acquired. However, in audits initiated by Autodesk, the serial number can play a crucial role in demonstrating ownership. Autodesk products…

201705.23
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Responding to Autodesk Audits

The BSA and SIIA are not the only organizations pursuing business for software copyright infringement. Though it is a member of both the BSA and SIIA, Autodesk, which manufactures the popular design software AutoCAD, often pursues audit targets on its own. The audits begin much like those instituted by the BSA or SIIA. The target…

201702.02
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Perpetual Licenses and Other Alternative Facts

Steve Russman, IBSMA, 2/1/2017 Julie Machal-Fulks, a technology attorney with Texas firm Scott & Scott, has handled hundreds of software audits and manages the firm’s Oracle practice. She helps her clients with everything from negotiating new license agreements, understanding existing license agreements, and resolving audit finding disputes with Oracle. After dozens of cases involving a…

201701.10
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How to Assist Clients with Estimating Expenses

Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, January 2017 Helpful Tips to Manage the Cost of Annual Budgets and Corporate Transactions For many corporations, the end of the year signifies that it is time to look to the coming year and identify a corporate or department budget for technology expenditures. Additionally, throughout the year, attorneys are often asked to advise clients on potential technology expenses related to…

201610.05
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3 Backup Tips to Protect Your Firm’s Data

Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, 10/3/16 A law firm’s electronic data can be critical to the firm’s efficiency. If a firm’s electronic information were lost or otherwise unusable, it could hinder or even cripple the firm’s ability to successfully represent its clients. To help reduce the risks associated with lost data, many firms have a process…

201606.14
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The Importance of Escrow Agreements in Software and Technology License Agreements

Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, 6/6/16 Some of their most integral software applications businesses use are under another party’s control. When each party is upholding its end of the licensing bargain, these relationships can be long-lasting and useful. But, in some instances, the licensee can no longer access software on which it relies because the licensor is…